Posts by Andy Bratton

Posts by Andy Bratton

What Do You Love About Being a Follower of Jesus?

This morning I received a call from a “Connecting Agent” out of Grand Rapids.  Lisa and I are selling our house and planning to move across town. (No, we aren’t leaving KCC. You can’t get rid of me that easily)  Anyway, as I was talking with this guy he was asking me about our house and what was so great about it.  And so I started to tell him.  We have a great neighborhood and a great yard and we How COVID has affected us
Covid Vaccine

A Covid Rant

An exert from Andy Bratton’s Morning Dive on Friday, August 20, 2021 I need to vent. I hope that’s okay. All right. And not everybody’s gonna agree with my vent. But I need to vent and here’s my venting.  Please don’t challenge my faith in Jesus because I got a vaccination or I wear a mask. Don’t do it. There is nothing spiritual about COVID, vaccines and masks, nothing. I looked, I can’t find anything in the Bible about pandemics. I How COVID has affected us
Discipleship

The Cost of Discipleship

For two more Sundays we are going to look at the topic of Discipleship and what it means to be a disciple and why we should follow Jesus.  I think one of the biggest misnomers in our world is that a relationship with Jesus stops at the baptismal or as some would say, “when someone bends the knee.”  And it is challenging to address because we point everyone to “making a decision.”  In making a decision we instruct people they How COVID has affected us
KCC E-News

A Grand Reception

In the book of Philemon (only one chapter long), Paul is writing to this guy named, you guessed it, Philemon, and to a lady named Apphia and the church meeting in Philemon’s home.  I don’t know if Philemon and Apphia are married, but it doesn’t really matter for us. Paul shares that he remembers them fondly because of the love they have, the faith they have, and the fact that they are sharing their faith.  And his prayer is that How COVID has affected us

Tough Questions in Genesis

At our most recent Root Beer Bar Bible Study, we read and studied Genesis chapter four. Challenging questions come up in chapter four, but there are also some firsts that come up in chapter four. The most challenging question is, “who does Cain marry?” The back story is that Cain kills his brother Abel in chapter four and God puts a curse on him that he will be a wanderer and a fugitive and that the ground (he was a How COVID has affected us
Manistee Church Roof

How Great is Our God?

Monday we started on the roofing project for Manistee Church of Christ.  I was told by the recon team (Jeff Badgero) that we were going to have to strip the old shingles off.  The job then became bigger in my head.  He suggested we have a plan to start stripping shingles so that we could re-shingle on Saturday.  The project became overwhelming in my head.  I had quite a few people tell me they couldn’t get on the roof due How COVID has affected us
T-Ball kids

The Kids of Summer

Monday night before the Root Beer Bar Bible study at church (which was awesome by the way), I ventured over to the baseball fields to take in a little tee ball.  I thought maybe I could do some scouting for the Tigers and discover the next Miggy.  While there I walked up to the third base side fence and watched with some friends an inning or so.  I don’t know if there is anything much cuter than a 4-5 year How COVID has affected us
Ephesians 2:10

Do vs. Done or Done now Do?

A church I once belonged to was doing some training on how to evangelize.  And the material we were using used an illustration in trying to explain religion vs. Christianity.  The book described religion as something people do.  Most people think of religion as something you are supposed to be a part of and do in order to obtain salvation.  They referred to it as a works based faith.  Meaning, that you can’t get to Heaven without working to get How COVID has affected us
Proverbs 22:6

Reflections of a soon-to-be empty nester

My youngest son’s graduation from college is about two weeks away.  Looking forward to that has given me time to reflect on raising our sons as one is in the workforce and the other is about to enter the workforce.  I was reading a book recently a guy wrote about his 50 years in ministry.  In the book, he identifies ten things he would have done differently and ten things he would have done the same.  Given we are in How COVID has affected us
Louisville Slugger Bat

Baseball For Believers

Last fall I was able to attend a conference in southern Indiana for preachers.  There were only nine of us.  I have shared bits of the story on stage and probably in an Enews article in previous months.  As part of the trip, they usually take the group to the Louisville Slugger Museum in downtown Louisville, KY.  However, because of riots and protests taking place at the time, the museum was not open for visitors.  Hearing from other guys that How COVID has affected us
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